The Producers Chair with Jim Kennelly

Producers ChairEvery week at Realtime Casting there’s one project or session that stands out. That wows me, even after 30 years of producing commercials and narrations and anything that requires a voice. The Producers Chair answers the question we all hear…

How did that spot get cast?

BKP Media,Dubai is a longtime client of Realtime. Their producer, Vanessa Bergqvist email us around 6:00 AM EST on 1/15.

“Hello Jim

We will be recording 1 script and 2 radio tags. Below are the voices that we shortlisted. We aim to record next week Tuesday or Monday at 5pm Dubai time. I would need a new audition of the Voices below as per the script attached to share with the client. “

Now, it’s time for Realtime to get to work! I posted the job on our site and notified the 5 voices short-listed for the audition. Each of these voices had previously auditioned for another BKP Media gig, “The Rib Room”, a very clever and funny 3 radio spot package that is still being cast.

Honestly, Realtime members, knock me out with how quickly they respond to our audition postings. Within less than 30 minutes, 3 auditions were being reviewed by Vanessa in Dubai! The second two followed by the end of the day. Next day we receive this email:

“Hello Jim
• We are now working on the last amends of the radio script
• VO selected: Sam Williamson.This is for Seafire Steakhouse in Atlantis The Palm Dubai. We are recording via ISDN”

Let me introduce, Sam Williamson. Sam is a new Realtime member. Sam Williamson is currently the voice of The Oakland Raiders professional football team and The Kansas City Royals professional baseball team. Sam explains, “For the Royals I voice all the TV and radio promos. For the Raiders I voice the Raider Report which is an NFL films style week in review”. Nice gig Sam! Sam currently resides in Kansas City and works consistently with CCTV, the worlds largest broadcasting network in China with over 300 million English speaking viewers, voicing the station IDs and promos.
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Sam and Deb1165 In addition,Sam’s wife is a professional engineer. Sam is proud to say, “We work together from our home studio and consequently, our turn around time is only a few hours or minutes if necessary. We are available to work 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Our client is our first priority”.

When I asked Sam how he enjoys working on our new site and being a Realtime member he emailed us at to say…

“Thanks Jim! I’m getting ready to audition for a narration.The site is great! Plus, customer service is awesome.”

Now that’s the kind of service and voice talent I can get behind!

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